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Report: No meeting between Mike Ashley and Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United's last match

Manager of Newcastle United Rafael Benitez gestures during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has been demanding money for transfers recently.

Rafael Benitez the head coach

According to a report in the Northern Echo, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashely and manager Rafael Benitez did not speak to each other personally before or after the game on Saturday.

Ashley’s and Benitez’s relationship at St. James’ Park has become strained, with the Newcastle owner seemingly not backing his manager with the funds he would like this month.

 

Benitez wants three new additions to ensure that Newcastle have enough quality to remain in the Premier League.

However, it seems that the Magpies will be shopping on a limited budget again, with Ashley preferring not to invest heavily.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (c) flanked by Keith Bishop (l) and Lee Charnley look on from the stand during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James...

Ashley has Newcastle up for sale, and with his future uncertain he has decided so far that spending big money on new players would not be a good option for him.

Newcastle are in serious danger of relegation though, as things stand, with Benitez’s side sitting in 18th place in the Premier League table.

The Magpies lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their last fixture to pile further pressure on Benitez’s men.

Manager of Newcastle United Rafael Benitez gestures during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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